Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a fatal, neurological illness occurring in North American cervids (members of the deer family), including white-tailed deer,
The vast majority of research indicates that the causative agent of chronic wasting disease is a misfolded protein called a prion.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has an extended incubation period averaging 18–24 months between infection and the onset of clinical signs.
Traditional testing for chronic wasting disease requires the microscopic examination of a specific portion of the brain or lymph nodes.
Chronic wasting disease has been found in at least 23 states, two Canadian Provinces, and South Korea, with the highest U.S. concentrations in the Colorado/Wyoming/Nebraska region and the Wisconsin/Illinois region.